DLS - Dr. Kuheli Dutt (Earth Institute at Columbia)
Title: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Addressing Systemic Racism in STEM.
STEM fields tend to lack diversity, especially racial diversity. The less diverse a field, the greater the reliance on stereotypes and implicit biases, which in turn disproportionately impacts marginalized groups such as people of color, women, and LGBTQ+. Systemic racism exists within the larger system of implicit biases that are prevalent in society and academia. Progress towards diversification can only come with a concerted shift in mindsets and a deeper understanding of systemic racism, especially in predominantly White fields. This session will provide insights and guidelines on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, with a focus on better understanding and addressing systemic racism.
Dr. Kuheli Dutt serves as the Diversity Officer for Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. In this role she leads diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at Lamont. Dr. Dutt also serves as the Academic Affairs Officer for Lamont, working closely with search committees and on salary equity issues, and overseeing postdoctoral affairs at Lamont. More recently, Dr. Dutt has been working with the Earth Institute (EI) Directorate to develop diversity and inclusion efforts and initiatives at EI.
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